The EBC Research Programme

The IEA (International Energy Agency) Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme (EBC, formerly ECBCS) carries out research and development activities toward near-zero energy and carbon emissions in the built environment. The R&D activities focus on the integration of energy-efficient and sustainable technologies into healthy buildings and communities. EBC projects and activities have produced long-lasting decision-making tools and integrated systems technologies. Outcomes from the Programme are publicised through many seminars and conferences. EBC's mission is to develop and facilitate the integration of technologies and processes for energy efficiency.

The remit of the EBC Programme covers every aspects of energy conservation in buildings and community energy systems. Significantly, community wide energy systems are taking on increasing importance in providing energy services to buildings. For all building types, there are many issues relating to design, construction and performance in practice that need to be resolved. Therefore, the Programme carries out projects in the following areas:
  • Community scale energy systems
  • Performance benchmarking
  • Integrated system design including renewable energy sources
  • Renovation and retrofit
  • Construction technologies
  • Electric lighting and daylighting
  • Energy measurement, management & auditing
  • Environmental assessment
  • Thermal simulation
  • Ventilation
  • Control of moisture in buildings

Specifically for non-residential buildings, we have carried out research to better understand how energy reduction may be achieved through improved design and operation of systems, including:

  • Low energy cooling systems
  • Fault detection and commissioning

Sometimes challenges posed by certain building types require special attention. Therefore, the EBC Programme has undertaken projects on the following end use sectors:

  • Educational buildings
  • Office buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Residential buildings
Newsletter Newsletter

EBC News is published twice each year (in June and December). It is intended for a general audience of those active in fields relating to operational energy saving for buildings and community systems.

The June 2013 edition features articles on -

  • ECBCS Transformed to EBC
  • Living and Working in the Future: Buildings Energy Research in Switzerland
  • Financing Energy Renovation of Existing Buildings in Italy
  • Total Energy Use in Buildings - Completed Project: Annex 53
  • Micro-Generation in Buildings - Completed Project: Annex 54
  • Embodied Energy and CO2 - New Project: Annex 57
Annual Report Annual Report

The Annual Report provides an overview of progress made by the EBC Programme, including summaries of new, ongoing and recently completed projects.


Site updated - June 2013